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Fitzsimons J.A.,Victorian Environmental Assessment Council | Fitzsimons J.A.,Deakin University
Australian Mammalogy | Year: 2012

A survey to assess the distribution of two endangered marsupial species, the long-footed potoroo (Potorous longipes) and the spot-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) in the south and east of the Goolengook Forest Management Block was conducted in September and October 2006. Survey techniques consisted of hair-tubing, camera surveillance, collecting scat of target species and predators, and searching for activity and tracks of the target species. Eleven sites were surveyed. Twenty-eight records of long-footed potoroo were confirmed at nine of the sites, while one spot-tailed quoll record was confirmed from one of the sites. A record of the long-footed potoroo in the eastern Blackwatch Creek catchment extended, by several kilometres, the boundary of the known East Gippsland distribution at the time of the survey. Long-footed potoroos are distributed widely within the study area and are likely to form part of a contiguous population that extends across the Goolengook Forest and into adjacent forest. © 2012 Australian Mammal Society.

Fitzsimons J.A.,Victorian Environmental Assessment Council | Fitzsimons J.A.,Deakin University | Peake P.,Victorian Environmental Assessment Council | Frood D.,Pathways Bushland and Environment | And 5 more authors.
Victorian Naturalist | Year: 2011

Overbank flooding of rivers is a key process in the maintenance of vegetation types and the species that rely on the fl oodplain forests and woodlands of northern Victoria. Yet the flooding requirements of species and vegetation types are poorly known. Here we present initial estimates of the water requirements for fl ooddependent Ecological Vegetation Classes (EVCs) and rare and threatened fl ora and fauna species associated with the fl oodplain of the Murray River and its tributaries. Some 110 EVCs were found to be at least partly fl ood-dependent on the Murray River fl oodplains. The total current extent of these EVCs in the study area is 224 247 ha, of which 162 266 ha are on public land. One hundred and twenty-four rare or threatened plant taxa and 62 threatened vertebrate fauna taxa (excluding fish) were classifi ed as at least partly fl ood-dependent. These initial estimates provide important information for land and water managers and researchers alike.

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